Emergency Cardiac Care

You may be concerned about coming to the Emergency Department (ED) when you are experiencing urgent cardiac symptoms. Don’t put yourself at risk. Our Emergency Departments are safe and we have the capacity to care for you.

Come to the ED if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain, pressure or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting
  • Jaw, neck or back pain
  • Discomfort or pain in the arm or shoulder

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 911.

If you suspect you are having heart issues, call 866-GUTHRIE to see your cardiologist or primary care provider.

We are currently living with increased anxiety under stressful conditions. Palpitations and chest tightness can be caused by stress and some symptoms may be just that. But no matter their cause, it’s important to get in touch with your primary care provider, your cardiologist or come to the ED to have your symptoms evaluated.

Patient Safety in the Emergency Department

The Emergency Departments at all our Guthrie hospitals are not in the same situation as the ED’s in COVID-19 hot beds such as New York City. We have the capacity to see patients and have instituted protocols for safe patient care. Our top priority is to keep you and your loved ones safe.

When patients come to the ED because of COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Everyone who comes to the hospital is screened for COVID-19.
  • If your symptoms indicate you may have COVID-19, you will be masked, asked to wash your hands and escorted to a special solitary containment room.
  • You may be asked to communicate with staff through an iPad or phone using text from that room.
  • If, through evaluation, you are determined to be at high risk for having the virus, staff will don protective equipment -- such as mask, face shield, gown and gloves -- when they interact with you.
  • After you leave, the containment room will go through an extensive cleaning process using cleaning solutions as well as UV light.

When patients come to the ED with other emergency symptoms:

  • If you need emergency transport to the hospital, 911 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers are working together with Guthrie and following state medical guidelines to keep you safe.
  • Everyone who comes to the hospital, including doctors and staff, is screened to see if they are at high risk for having COVID-19.
  • All patients are escorted directly to a room. You will not wait in general waiting areas.
  • Staff wear masks at all times while interacting with you.
  • You are required to wear a mask or a face covering at all times while in the hospital.
  • Visitors are asked to wear masks while in the ED with you.
  • After you leave, the containment room will go through an extensive cleaning process using cleaning solutions as well as UV light.